Sep 22, 2023  
2014-2015 General Catalog 

Chemistry Composite - Professional Emphasis, B.S.

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Chemistry, a central science, is an active discipline vital to human existence and essential to the understanding of biological, medical, industrial, economic, and environmental issues.

The Southern Utah University chemistry faculty are committed to instilling an understanding of chemistry and its relevance through quality teaching, scholarly activities, and service. In a world that is becoming increasingly more technical and complex, providing chemical instruction with the depth, breadth, and rigor required to meet this need is of primary importance.

As chemistry faculty, we strive to provide students with quality, current, comprehensive, courses of study which serve the following needs including:

  1. Preparation of students who choose to pursue graduate degrees in chemistry.
  2. Preparation of students who choose to pursue degrees in the health sciences (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, etc.)
  3. Preparation of students who choose to gain employment in a science related field with an undergraduate degree.
  4. Preparation of students who choose to become chemical educators.
  5. Education of students to think critically and independently.
  6. Helping students improve communicative, creative, analytic, and information gathering skills.

To accomplish these goals, the chemistry faculty will provide the following:

  1. Honest evaluations of student abilities and potential.
  2. A climate of mutual trust and respect among faculty, staff and students.
  3. The application and involvement of basic scientific principles and methodologies.
  4. Competitive opportunities for mentorship through undergraduate research, employment, and other engaged methods.

Admission to Chemistry Program

The objective of requiring admission to the chemistry program is to ensure preparedness for upper-division chemistry courses. A secondary purpose is to facilitate tracking and advising of students.

The requirements for obtaining admission to the chemistry programs are as follows:

  1. To be considered for admission to SUU’s chemistry program students must have:
    1. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
    2. Completed the following, or its equivalent; with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better:
      1. Chemical Principles series with laboratory (CHEM 1210 , CHEM 1215 , CHEM 1220 , CHEM 1225 )
      2. Calculus Series (MATH 1210 , MATH 1220 ).
  2. No pre-chemistry students may enroll in courses with numbers greater than 2999 without formally declaring themselves chemistry majors.
    1. The College of Science and Engineering advisors will ensure that this requirement has been met.
    2. Non-chemistry majors or minors may take upper division chemistry courses only with permission of the instructors.

American Chemical Society (ACS) Accreditation

The SUU Professional Chemistry Emphasis is certified by the ACS. Graduates can become certified ACS graduates by completing a few requirements in addition to those for the major. This certification provides additional benefits to the graduate. Please contact any chemistry faculty member for details.

General Education Core

See General Education 

  • Core Course Requirements 17 credits (must take MATH 1210  **)
  • Knowledge Areas Requirements 16 credits

University Requirements

NOTE: As of 7/12/2019, students pursuing this bachelor’s degree are no longer required to complete the Experiential Education Requirement courses for graduation.

Experiential Education Requirement - EDGE (1-3 Credits)

Complete One Track:

Original Project Track (3 Credits)

Students create a project of their own design 

Select Project Track (2 Credits)

Students select a project from the designated list 

Chemistry Requirements - Professional Emphasis (79 Credits)

Recommended for students who wish to receive professional career preparation. This degree emphasis follows the guidelines set forth by the American Chemical Society.

Total Credits, B.S. degree: 120


Physics for Scientists & Engineers Recitation; PHYS 2230  & PHYS 2260  are optional but recommended.

(1) A minimum grade of “C” (2.0 or above) must be earned in each course before it can be counted in a physical science major or minor or as a prerequisite for any other course.(2) Knowledge of computer science is strongly recommended. (3) All Chemistry Majors must successfully complete an exit exam before graduation. (4) This is a composite degree, a minor is not required. (5) This degree does not include the requisite number of upper division hours. Students completing this degree will fill the upper division requirement with elective credit. 6) Credits greater than 10 years old will not be accepted for this degree.

* Courses are taught every other year. Consult your advisor.

** If you are not prepared for this math course, please see your advisor for alternate recommendations.

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